At what age should I take my little one off of formula?

Candice - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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just wondering and what age i should take my child off of formula?

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Lindie - posted on 07/27/2010

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I switched formula for whole milk at 1, my twins were on solids from 4 months old so milk was only at nap and bed time. however formula company's keep coming up with new formulas for older kids, I suppose they don't want to loose the income.

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Don't take your child off formula if they are not fully weaned and eating a full and varied diet.

as for the teeth thing sometime you just have to be practical and brush teeth in the bath knowing you're gonna give them a milk bottle when they get into bed,... oh well???? another claim to perfection bites the dust!

Krissy - posted on 07/26/2010

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my cousin is a dental assistant and she said the it is not the milk per say it it how they take it=- ie flavoured milk strawburry chocolate etc.... and night time bottles of ANY type is bad in bed as that is the main way of teeth carotion. and i can tell you some pediatricians are as dumb as a hen , i had one that started my girl on solids at 12 weeks.

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User - posted on 07/30/2010

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In NZ you get a range of formula's that is made especially for babies from 1 - 3 years, so I would rather go for that than cows milk. Cows milk doesn't have such high nutritional value than the formula's. But I also have to say, rather asked a pediatrician or dietician than to get ideas from other moms.

Christy - posted on 07/30/2010

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Definitely speak to your child's doctor first as they will know more about their background. Generally it's a year. I've personally never used whole milk with either of my children. My pediatrician said that 2% was fine. So my children have transitioned well to it. They had stomach problems with formula and getting to milk was much more helpful.

Mandy - posted on 07/30/2010

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I agree with talking to Doc... People can read everything they want from health journals, but both of my kids were straight breast milk until 5 1/2 - 6 months, then I moved them to formula... Both only lasted on formula for about 2 months before Doc moved them to Whole milk, and it wasn't digestive problems, it was mucus issues that the formula was creating. So I guess if everything is exactly how it should be according to every health journal made, then go by that, ;) Otherwise I would talk to your Doc... Good Luck!

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I breastfed my 3 boys for awhile...around 5-6 months..after that formula from 6months-12 months..then to regular milk when they turned 1 yr. old. That is what I did..hope that helps

Lisa - posted on 07/28/2010

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Hun, I would ask your pediatrician. She or he would know exactly when your baby needs to be off formula and put on cow's milk. Some babies have a difficult time adjusting to cow's milk. That is also why they make something called toddler formula.Good luck with your little one.

Dominica - posted on 07/28/2010

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it is recommended that you take them off formula at 1 year of age. once your baby is on table food the formula really doesn't do anything for them. the formula is to make up for not eating all the nutrients one needs.

Reana - posted on 07/28/2010

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i started my daughter on cows milk wen she was one and she now only has a formula bottle once a day just for the extra nutricion.

Kaela - posted on 07/27/2010

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I gave my daughter formula and whole milk at 11 months that way when I completly took her off at 1 year old she was already used to the taste of whole milk. She is almost 14 months and only drinks whole milk 3 times a day now

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^^I said NOTHING about bottle rot or any of the things you posted up there



Maybe you should actual READ that I typed, before you go pointing fingers about what is 'right'.

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I started taking my son off INFANT formula around 11 months.
the first two weeks I did: 6oz formula & 2oz WHOLE milk
then half formula && half milk
then went to straight whole milk
I ALSO have my son on the stage 2 formula by infamil its says 12-36 months on it.
** my pediatrician said that straight formula after they have teeth causes erosion of their teeth && can lead to a lot of dental problems.

Krissy - posted on 07/26/2010

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nan is a formula in australia. and all formulas and pediatricans recommend from about 2 yrs unless breastfed. that way they can keep up with the nutrican that they sometimes lack in from food.

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Please speak with your pediatrician regarding this! They are the best ones to evaluate your childs health and help you to determine the best diet for your child.

That being said, most children transition from formula to goat or cow's milk at 1 year.

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